In yet another incident of serious wildlife smuggling in the region, three persons have been arrested yesterday in connection with selling/trading of body parts of fully grown Royal Bengal Tiger by joint operation team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India, Guwahati team, Assam and Arunachal State Forest Department and Jonai Police under Dhemaji district, Assam.
As per sources from WCCB, a trap was laid to arrest the wildlife smugglers and they posed themselves as buyers of the Tiger parts. After a fixed dealing of selling the Tiger parts with an amount of rupees forty lakhs, the smugglers camped at here Pasighat were brought down to Ruksin gate (Assam-Arunachal boundary) where they were finally arrested by the joint operation team of WCCB, the forest department of Assam and Arunachal along with Jonai Police.
The arrested smugglers are identified as Tajing Jomyang, 52 years from Kerang Village under Kaying PS in Siang District, Jobang Paro, 51 years from Ruksin, East Siang District and Tayi Jisi, 47 years from Nari Lupo under Nari PS, Lower Siang District. As per Rituraj Doley, SDPO Jonai, Tayi Jisi is a cashier under RWD Department, Pasighat in whose car the dried parts of hunted Royal Bengal Tiger was transported to Ruksin-Jonai in packed cartoons like a normal marketed items to evade easy attention of police. Jonai PS Officer-in-Charge, Ghana Kanta Borah informed that, case is being investigated and the case will be registered by the forest department under Wildlife Protection Act etc.